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3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it, but......, 9 Jun. 2013
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My wife complains that because I always seem to read non fiction that I am in some way "different" from others. This particular book I hoped would give some hope for me in relation to her point. Regrettably it did not. I am sure that many other reviewers will have provided the relevant synopsis, so I will only comment on those things which reinforced my point of not bothering with modern fiction. I believe that the author had a good idea about an alternative "what if" scenario had Britain decided to capitulate in 1940. Regrettably, the idea, to my mind, lost its way. The action takes place in 1952. Britain is run by a right wing fascist friendly government

Although the author has given a number of sources at the end of the book where he has given relevant citations to show that his glimpse of 1950s England is accurate, there were one or two things which I thought showed insufficient attention to detail.

1) The German Embassy in London is situated in Senate House in Malet Street, London WC1. In one place one of the protagonists is said to leave Senate House and step into Gower Street. Wrong.

2) The author refers to Embankment underground station. All things being equal in 1952 the station was called Charing Cross. The renaming of the station was in relatively modern times - 1979 I believe.

3) The Guardian newspaper is mentioned. Was it not the Manchester Guardian in 1952? Correct - I am right.

I am sorry to nit pick but.......

The ending of the book is more akin to Enid Blyton and Five Go to Smugglers Beach or what have you. Overall the plot was fairly week and the notion that the whole atom bomb thing had not yet surfaced is testimony to a lack of imagination. The Jewish "thing" maybe has some personal resonance for the author which I do not think contributed overall.

The author also gives a mention to Robert Harris and particularly the novel Fatherland. I also found this book a major disappointment

I know it is only fiction and it is hard to think of something new and shocking which would make it less mundane.

Sorry, but I am going back to my non fiction.
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